January 30, 2011

Practice Mindfulness!

I recently fell in my house! I was on my way out the door and went back inside to make sure I turned off my curling iron.

It is always off but for some reason, I have to double check every time. Well, I slipped and fell and took a Dixie on my shiny, hard, tiled floors in the hallway and came down real hard on my right knee! Ouch! 
I was in a hurry to get o my Pedicure Appointment that I have been looking forward to since I received a gift certificate for my birthday at the beginning of the month from a dear friend for this Pedi at Susanne’s, so I was anxious to be on time. I’m always on time no matter where I go so there was no reason to be in a hurry in the first place.

Well, it hurt lifting my foot from the gas pedal to the brake pedal while driving to my destination. When I got there, I went in the back room to pull down my jeans to see the damage….Ugh. Nasty, swollen, red, skin peeling……….Ouch!

Suzanne only has a small tiny fridge and only had cans of “Coke” to apply to my knee. Thank goodness only all girls were there as I sat in my bloomers with a towel wrapped around me from the waist down! Not a pretty sight!  Jeans are too tight to roll up above the knee so they had to come off so I could feel the cold from the cans of Coke.  Oh my.........LOL

My toenails sure look pretty but I was in great discomfort. The two glasses of wine helped! I couldn’t wait to get home and apply ice to my knee.

LG, I’ll remember that you declined to buy a bag of frozen peas for my injury because it was a $1.69 for such a small bag! Hehehhehe

I called my doctor the following morning and she reminded me that I have to practice mindfulness, as many trips and falls happen when we’re in a hurry or not thinking about what we’re doing.

She told me to practice focusing all of my attention on what I’m doing when walking and watch where I place my feet and to pay attention to the journey and avoid thinking about the destination…..even if you are only walking from the bedroom to the kitchen.

Same applies when outside, watch for tree roots, uneven pavement, garbage, slippery leaves, fallen branches, etc.

Yikes, I got the talk! The talk given to most older seniors!...Sigh!


  1. Don't feel bad. I had to have a colonoscopy last year, this year (next week) I'm going in for an endoscopy. I thought I had to be A LOT older before I started worrying about wear and tear on my digestive system.

    When I complained to my doctor, she said, "Well you're at THAT age." Ouch.

    Hope your knee is better now sweet friend. (Hugs)Indigo

  2. I get the TALK all the time from my kids...I'm beginning to think that they are acting like they are the parents and I am the child. I have to remind myself that they love me. Oh my all these years on my own and I am just now becoming a concern to them. Hey I'm healthy and not a financial problem to them so I don't think I have a problem. Hope the fall left no lasting effects. Accidents happen to everyone...young and old and mostly they are in the home.

  3. Glad that this only resulted in some discomfort. Be Safe.

  4. All I have to say is that Doctor has nerve, talking to you like a senior citizen. Phooey on her. LOL

    Sorry about the fall, it is so frustrating, when it starts there is nothing you can do but try to save what you can.With me it usually the arm I hurt along with my rear.

    Take care of yourself. Good entry glad the pedicure went good though!!

    Love ya!
    Sherry & jack

  5. Sorry about your fall, babe. I hurt my ankle last week in a similar fashion and it's not pretty. Could have been worse, I guess.

    Fell Better !


  6. I hope your knee is feeling better. I think that "talk" is one we all need, no matter how old we are. My daughter is 15 and she's always rushing here and there and stubbing a toe or banging a knee or tripping.

  7. When I first started going to the gym I flew off the treadmill. Thought I had programmed one mile an hour to start my walk but instead I hit 10 MPH. Was I embarrassed. I wasn't able to go back to the gym for a week. Things seem to happen when we are not paying enough attention. Hate it.